Manx (native name Gaelg or Gailck, pronounced [ɡilk] or [ɡilɡ]), also known as Manx Gaelic, and as the Manks language, is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family, historically spoken by the Manx people. Only a small minority of the Isle of Man's population is fluent in the language, but a larger minority has some knowledge of it. It is widely considered to be an important part of the island's culture and heritage. The last native speaker, Ned Maddrell, died in 1974. However in recent years the language has been the subject of revival efforts, so that despite the small number of speakers, the language has become more visible on the island, with increased signage and radio broadcasts. The revival of Manx has been aided by the fact that the language was well recorded: for example the Bible was translated into Manx, and a number of audio recordings were made of native speakers.
There are 1,823 speakers of the Manx language living on the Isle of Man as of 2011.
Manx is, along with Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaelic, one of the three languages descended from Middle Irish.
- Omniglot Manx Page
- Ethnologue Manx Page
- Gaelg.iofm - An old website, but it has quite a bit of information
- Learn Manx
- Manx Heritage Society
- University of Cambridge- Manx Resources
- Manx Wikipedia
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